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Departure policy rules could void long lease contracts

By Hilbert Haar PHILIPSBURG -There is a distinct possibility that the land former VROMI-Minister Christophe Emmanuel granted in long lease to some of his close associates will be taken back by the government. The actions of the former minister...

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Dear Reader

The ongoing debate surrounding Christophe Emmanuel shows that when it comes to politics, St. Maarten people are deeply divided along party lines.

We fear this is a strong indication that no political party will obtain an outright majority, if ever. Certainly not in Monday's upcoming elections.

No matter the divisions, people have to remember that, again, when it comes to politics, today's opponent is tomorrow's partner. When the latter happens, you may ask yourself why you even bothered fighting with your friends over politics. The point is, supporters tend to take politics way too serious, way more serious than the politicians do themselves.

Don't waste time arguing with people over politics. Save your energy for the ballot and colour in the white circle with the red pencil and then sit back and watch who makes up their bed with which strange fellows.

A now for some huishoudelijke medelingen...

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Envirogreen incorporated four months after signing MOU

Read our investigative report by Hilbert Haar about the incorporation of Envirogreen four months after the signing of the MOU with former VROMI-minister Emmanuel. Read to find out what type of company Envirogreen is and why it was set up that way...

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How late is too late?

By Chris Morvan, A British aristocrat, Lord Bates, recently arrived very late for a sitting of the House of Lords and was so ashamed of himself, he offered to resign. On the strength of this, the BBC (the one that's short for British Broadcasting ...

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Gibson: "Bridge project responsibility VROMI minister"

PHILIPSBURG - The article published on Monday under the headline 'How former Minister Emmanuel helped his friends to pieces of land' contains a reference to the contract the minister granted to the Soualiga Infrastructure...

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Political terrorism unleashed on former Minister Emmanuel

Dear Editor, I never thought I would live to see this day when politics on St. Maarten would reach to such a low and nasty level. Our political history on this island has always been known to be amicable. Persons may disagree about things and...

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How former Minister Emmanuel helped his friends get land

By Hilbert Haar PHLIPSBURG - Former Minister Christophe Emmanuel broke plenty of rules when he issued land in long lease to eleven different people, among them the chief of staff of his cabinet, Marisha Richardson. He ignored negative advices...

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Former Minister Christopher Emmanuel gave land to LOCALS

and gave work to a LOCAL company. SO WHAT!! This is OUR country!!! So Emmanuel gave out land on the ring road. So what! I will say it again, so what! Didn't Claret Connor give out 10.000 square meters of land on the ring road to Chamber of...

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By Hilbert Haar ~ Almost immediately after, published the story on Monday about wrongdoings by former Minister Christophe Emmanuel with the issuance of land in long lease, the site was bombarded with a series of reactions. Here is..

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Robin (for the) Hood

Satirical Cartoon

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In Memoriam Jack Monsanto
Remembering Jack Monsanto

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Friends and colleagues shared their thoughts and memories of the late Jacques "Jack" Monsanto by jotting in the condolence register opened at the Department of Immigration and Naturalization on A. Th. I llidge road...

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Sint Maarten chairs Caribbean Regional Ministerial Meeting

BRUSSELS -- St. Maarten has been the Regional Authorizing Officer (RAO) since 2015 for the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories. As PM, Leona Romeo-Marlin chaired a meeting for this Programme in which 11 other Caribbean islands participate...

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Minister of Tourism De Weever calls on interested persons...

POND ISLAND - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Cornelius de Weever, is encouraging interested persons and young people to apply for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)...

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Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin attends 1st day of...

BRUSSELS:--- On February 23rd the 16th OCTA - EU Forum will be held in Brussels, leading up to the forum there will be political and technical meetings with the European Commission and other Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the EU....

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William: Timing of Frans detention not no coincidence

GREAT BAY - National Alliance #23 candidate William Marlin said in a press release on Monday that the timing of the detention of United St. Maarten party leader Member of Parliament Frans Richardson is strange and seems to be intended to...

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Prosecutor's office keeps an eye on election fraud

PHILIPSBURG - "Around every election the prosecutor's office of St. Maarten receives indications that voters are bribed to cast their vote for a particular party or person," the Prosecutor's Office writes in a press release, adding that it will...

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Video commercial: "Go out and Vote!"

"Go out and Vote" Public Service Campaign from the Government's Department of Communications (DCOMM)

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Curaçao sends observers to St. Maarten elections

WILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE - Election observers from Curaçao together with delegates from Aruba and the Netherlands will oversee the snap parliamentary elections held in Sint Maarten this coming Monday. The Undersecretary for Kingdom Relations Raymond ...

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Valya: Establish vendor market on ring road land

PHILIPSBURG - In line with her vision to promote small business development, at the public meeting of February 17th, 2018, of the United St. Maarten Party (USP), Valya Lake-Pantophlet challenged government to promote entrepreneurship and assist...

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ROTARY has Heart.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The project known as Rotary Has Heart used Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018, as the signature date for the project. ‘Rotary has Heart’

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Posters of TelCell Breakthrough Talent Search winners do ...

POND ISLAND - TelCell Breakthough winner, Manukiell Edwards, addresses scores of his schoolmates each morning as they pass through the front gate of the Sundial School in Philipsburg - and just for good measure, he does the same at the St....

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Over 200 enter for Elektra's Love is in the Air contest...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Elektra in collaboration with Winair hosted "Love is in the air Valentine's contest. Elektra who recently started back on radio January 8 th on Oasis 96.3 with her new radio program Groovin wanted to do something...

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Colonialism On Some Caribbean Islands

Dear Editor, The winds of colonialism still tend to pose a threat to life on some Caribbean territories. Who will stand for them if they will not stand for themselves. In September 2017, Hurricane Irma displaced the imagery of sand, sun and sea...

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Air connection between BES islands with CN-Express...

KRALENDIJK - The CN Express is carrying out its first direct flight from St. Eustatius to Bonaire on Monday and vice versa. The government has reached an agreement with the Sint Maarten airline Winair for the implementation of a direct flight...

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Growing trade deficits in the Caribbean Netherlands

In 2017, the trade deficits of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba were higher than in the previous year. In relative terms, St Eustatius saw the sharpest increase in annual deficit. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this on the basis of new...

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Is 'stability' in government the new buzz word in this election?
Yes, but St. Maarten politicians do not know the meaning of the word
Stakeholder Meeting on Tuesday aims to build a stronger, ...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Everything is set for Tuesday's evening information exchange session regarding the prevention of mosquito borne diseases. The aim is to build a stronger, smarter and more collaborative approach to eliminate mosquitos.

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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ICANN spearheads initiative to build Internet economy in ...

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - A group of global and regional technology organisations are partnering to help Caribbean professionals get more out of the Internet economy. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

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Staff InselAir to hold referendum to choose trade union

WILLEMSTAD - The employees of the local aviation company InselAir will decide in a referendum on March 2, which trade union can represent them. The management of the airliner wants to know whether trade union UGTK / Cadmu has sufficient support...

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Former Central Bank President initiates another legal case

WILLEMSTAD - The lawyer of the former President of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) Emsley Tromp, Mirto Murray has initiated another legal proceeding related to the ruling on the case in the Court of First Instance. In this...

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Wild Crypto goes live following successful token sale

After successfully completing its first token sale late last year, the new Wild Crypto blockchain-friendly iGaming platform has gone live and is now offering players a range of online casino and lottery content featuring some of the industry's...

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Cuba prepares to end dual currency system

HAVANA - The days of Cuba's dual currency system are numbered. President Raul Castro has given his clearest hint yet that the Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation will adopt a single currency. "This issue has taken us too long and it cannot be...

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Tax office was wrong to use anonymous tip-off to fine...

The tax office was wrong to fine people for keeping their savings secret based on information bought from an anonymous source, appeal court judges in Den Bosch said on Tuesday. The court said that the tax office should not have used information...

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) February 21, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... WEATHER: Tonight through Wednesday...

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Fly-in-something in the Caribbean

by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert ~ How about Fly-In Banking; like a drive-in fast food operation? No, it's no joke. In the Caribbean? Probably not, but that is not the point. One has to look at the principles of the concept and explore if one could do a...

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Freezing conditions from Siberia to hit the Netherlands...

Freezing winds from Siberia are set to blow into the Netherlands this weekend, bringing heavy frost and renewed hopes of outdoor skating. Temperatures will start dropping from Wednesday, bringing overnight frost and day temperatures around...

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